Cody Critcheloe is a New York Citybased songwriter, musician, visual artist, and director. For
over a decade, Critcheloe has recorded and toured as the music act SSION—pronounced
“SHUN”—releasing the fulllength albums Fools Gold in 2008 and Bent in 2012. What began as
a high school punk band in Kentucky and Kansas City has since evolved into a multidimensional
pop performance project known for its bending of genre and gender, infectious pop hooks, and
string of criticallyacclaimed selfdirected music videos for songs like “My Love Grows In The
Dark,” “Earthquake,” “Luvbazaar,” and “High.” SSION’s music has appeared in the feature films
Mala Mala, Me At The Zoo, and King Cobra, as well as on the CW series 90210 and Gossip
Girl. Always active but never consistent, Critcheloe has taken breaks from writing and recording
to focus on a distinguished panorama of multidisciplinary visual art, including surreal figurative
painting, film, and music videos.
As a fine artist, Critcheloe’s work has been exhibited by Peres Projects, The Hole, and MoMA
PS1. Critcheloe has also directed numerous music videos for artists such as Perfume Genius,
Robyn, Kylie Minogue, The Gossip, Santigold, Brooke Candy, Peaches, Dum Dum Girls, Liars,
Lower Dens, and Grizzly Bear.
Fusing elements of grunge, psychedelic rock, punk, and ’80s MTV pop, SSION synthesizes a
young lifetime of turnofthemillennium sonic references into an aesthetically singular vision of
modern song craft. This has earned him a rabid and devoted fanbase that extends from
Brooklyn to California, Mexico, Spain, France, England, Russia, Canada and the midwest.
Brazenly homosexual and never victimized, SSION’s fun and defiant pop output recalls a more
progressive and liberated era in gay popular music, placing him within the lineage of artists like
Henry Rollins, Freddie Mercury, George Michael, Pet Shop Boys, Boy George, and Dead Or
After a fiveyear hiatus, SSION returns this Spring with NOISS, his third featurelength
His most definitive album to date, NOISS draws from a kaleidoscope of pop references to create
an auteurist statement on the degradation of entertainment in the 21st century. Confronting a
funhouse of personal horrors in the lifecycle of a pop star, NOISS stops at nothing, painting a
vivid narrative tapestry of drugs, orgies, mortality, regrets, Marlboro Lights, chewing gum, punk
rock, Marc Jacobs, catfights, canines, disco balls, fashion shoots, record deals, sex apps,
saxophones, romance, paradise, and pure hell.
Described by the artist as DGC pastiche pop, the 13track record takes cues from the
paradigms forged by Frank Zappa, Alice Cooper, Queen, Hole, Madonna, George Michael, and
Prince, and poses questions about the demise of the music industry, the transactional/sexual
nature of pop, and irrelevance as an escape vehicle to salvation.
Recording between Palm Springs and New York, NOISS is produced by Cody Critcheloe and
Nick Weiss, with contributions from Sam Mehran and Amanda Warner. The album features an
ensemble cast of guest vocalists including Jennifer Herrema, Contessa Stuto, Melissa Burns,
Ariel Pink, Sky Ferreira, MNDR, Devendra Banhart, and Ian Isiah. Musicians on the record
include John Anderson and Sam Mehran (guitars), Michael Cheever (bass), and Patty Schemel
The NOISS LP will be released March 2018. Physical vinyl purchases will be accompanied with
a limitededition book featuring paintings by Critcheloe and photography by Bruno Staub